Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

100

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Canon PowerShot G1X

74

Canon PowerShot G1X

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Size
Really small
Standard size 117x81x65 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size Smaller 117x81x65 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 2.6" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 81.0 vs 60.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 276 ms vs 697 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 1900 ms
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4.8x less delay when turning on
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
Battery life Longer battery life 540 shots vs 250 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 644 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
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Around 40% larger sensor
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder Has a through-the-lens viewfinder Pentamirror vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Lowest price Cheaper $329.00 vs $527.59
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The best price we've seen is $199 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              G1X:920k dots
              D3200:921k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              G1X:Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
              D3200:APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G1X:Tunnel
              D3200:Pentamirror
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Heavy Help
              G1X:492 g
              D3200:505 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              G1X:2.6"
              D3200:3"
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G1X:1.9 fps
              D3200:4 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749 - $799

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $399 - $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547 - $699

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $849 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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